Last Thursday evening we took the boys to see Swallows and Amazons at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Each year we love to see a Christmas production, and this was the first time we had taken the boys to see something in the main theatre at the old vic.
Wow, what can I say? Swallows and Amazons is truly an epic adventure. The set, was initially sparsely decorated with a few boxes and a small orchestra set up. As the story was told, it transformed to sailing the high seas, to island camps and pirate shanty's.
Completely absorbed in the well know story by Arthur Ransome, I kept looking over to Charlie and Rufus to see their reaction. Rufus sitting far forward into his seat as if to jump up and join in. He whispered, "Mummy, that lady is from 'Grampa in my Pocket on the TV'". Charlie asked if I could make him a feather headdress like the Amazon's and said he'd join their crew.
Swallow and Amazons is perfect, the much loved story has been adapted in such a way that old and young alike will love it.
The dream sequence is just magical. Oh and don't forget to attack!
I urge you to go this Christmas. For more information and tickets pop over to the The Bristol Old Vic website.
Images by Simon Annand.
We were gifted tickets for the purpose of this review.